Beth Heldebrandt, public relations director at Booth Library, gives an overview of the story of Quanah and Cynthia Ann Parker, as well as the family of Elder John Parker, which was influential in settling the land and organizing the government of Charleston and Coles County, IL. This program was originally presented at the Crawford County Historical Society Museum in Robinson, IL, on Feb. 12, 2015, and was repeated on Feb. 25 on the EIU campus to an audience of education students. As part of the Booth Library series, these students are assigned to lead more than 200 Charleston fifth-graders through the Parker exhibit and provide them with a related social studies activity.
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